BRITISH AND FOREIGN. ( Reuter's Telegrams.) London. Feb. 25. The New Zealand loan is quoted at 105. Adelaide wheat, 61s. per 4961b5., exwarehonsc. At the wool sale to-day, 10,500 bales were catalogued, with an active demand, with a liklihood of a further advance. Tho Brindisi mails, per steamship Norfolk, has been delivered. (Argus Special.) London, Feb. 25. During the debate in the French Assembly on the Tariff Bills, M. Rouher’s speech stating the immense advantage of Free Trade to France was loudly applauded even by the Loft AUSTRALIAN. (Special.) Sydney, Feb. 26. In the Legislative Assembly last night the Government Education Bill passed the third reading, on a division of 42 to 6. Sailed—Rotorua, for New Zealand, yesterday. Brisbane, Feb. 26. His Excellency Sir Arthur Kennedy, Governor of Queensland, proceeds to England next month on private affairs. (Reuter’s). Sydney, Feb. 26. The Judge to-day prohibited the further publication of the evidence in the case Shepherd v. Dibbs by the “Evening News.” His Honor deprecated the action of the paper, which he said was demoralising tiic public with prurient details. Sailed Rotorua, for New Zealand yesterday ; Australia for Auckland. Sydney, Feb. 27.
It is currently reported here to-day that the Governor (Lord Augustus Loftus) has received a cable message from England to the effect that the relations between England and Russia are in a critical state ; that war between tho two countries is imminent, and that the situation will be decided in a few days. The rumor necessarily requires confirmation. Melbourne, Feb. 26.
At the mass meeting of Liberals hold last night, speeches were made by Mr. R. T. Yale, Sir Bryan O’Loghlin, and Mr. Graham Berry. The proceedings were of an orderly character. Saturday has been proclaimed a public holiday. The Chief Justice charged the jury in the Bank prosecution, and then allowed them to be set free until to-morrow. Adelaide, Feb. 26. Arrived—Orient steamship John Elder, from Plymouth. Brisbane, Feb. 26. The lion. Mr. Bell, President of the Legislative Council, will assume the position of Acting-Governor during His Excellency’s absence. PER OUR SPECIAL WIRE. INTERPROYIN CIAL. Auckland, Feb. 27. Messrs. T. and S. Morrin had 1 carcase of an animal, supposed to he infected with pleuro, sent to their yards in High street to-day from the neighborhood of Ellei’slie. It was examined by Messrs Goldsboro and Haines, veterinary surgeons, and a number of gentlemen interested, and their reports will bo sent to the Attorney General. At the meeting of the Pastoral Association a resolution was passed requesting Government to trace and purchase the cattle recently imported from Australia, in order to destroy them, and thus stamp out the disease. The cost would beLSOO. Mr. Buckland, in event of this being done, offers to furnish a list of the purchasers and the prices given when sold at his yards. Government are urged to quarantine Ihe cattle expected bj’ the Hero from Sydney. Cattle are also expected shortly from Queensland. Mr. McKelvie, an old Auckland colonist, has sent to Auckland Museum, by the Loch Ure, from London, a collection of Maori curiosities, which had been sent to England more than thirty years’ago, also a large collection of silver and copper coins, and twenty curious medals.
The “ Timaru Herald,” having refused to apologise for the statement made respecting the condition of the barque Glimpse, Captain Norris has determined to proceed with the action for libel. Grahamstown, Feb. 27.
Efforts have been made to induce Government to compel holders of timber rights over waste land to relinquish their claims <0 the land denuded of timber, that the same may be thrown open under the Homestead Act.
0. Firth Mcller, Auckland, owns one million acres on the Upper Thames. He intends giving a banquet after harvesting, and now prefers a claim against Government for L 2.452, cost of improving the navigation of the Upper Thames river. It is said some Ngatohaki natives concerned in the late attack on the surveyors, have joined Te Whiti’s followers. Taukanga, Feb. 27.
J. C. Young, late Government Land Purchase Agent, was arrested yesterday on three informations for stealing moneys entrusted to him in his capacity as land purchase agent. The amounts are LSI, L 7, and LlO. Bail was accepted, himself in LI,OOO, and two sureties of LSOO each. The case will be heard to-morrow.
Hawera, Feb. 27,
The Constabulary are steadily working at the formation of the road, and are about one mile from’ Kaupokonui. A picket of ten men is constantly stationed at Kaupokonui bridge, as it seems that in case of hostilities the enemy might seise the bridge and render direct communication with Hawera difficult. An earth work protection is also being thrown up at camp.
The Commission on Native is still sitting hero, but will conclude tomorrow. A large number of natives have been examined, and their claims and grievances fully gone into by the Commission.
Wellington, Feb. 27.
A petition is in course of signature calling on the Mayor to convene a meeting for the purpose of urging the necessity of pushing on the completion of the Wel-lington-Foxton railway. Seventy-five men engaged by G averment left for Waimate Plains this afternoon, when they commence work in forming the roads. “ Wellington Prices Current,” issued to-day, states that the hank rate for deposits will be reduced early next month, and the open market supply of money is rather less restricted, though still a good deal short of the demand, and from 10 to 12i per cent, is paid on mortgage of real estate.
A man named John Connelly, ex telegraph operator, was charged with imposing on the relieving officer by obtaining from him half-a-crown, and spending it in beer. He was sentenced to four weeks’
hard labor, and on another charge of imposing on a tradesman he received a similar sentence. Grf.ymouth, Feb. 27. In the last match between the Greymonth rangers and the Westland rifles, the funner made 073, this is believed to be the highest score yet made in the colon} - . Lyttelton, Feb. 27. The nominations for the Canterbury Jockey Club Handicap of LSOO close on Monday. In nominating, the age of the animal at the time of entry is required. Arrived—Southern Cross from Wellington ; Island Lily from Chatham Islands. The Dunedin whaler Splendid had taken four whales, and lost four others through not having gear to hold them alongside. Christchurch, Feb. 27.
The University Senate sat again this morning. An application from Mr. Percy B. Adams, to be admitted to an ad eutidem M.A., was withdrawn, the certificate forwarded by him being informal. The other business consisted of arrangement of details of examination. The Senate at its rising adjourned till Monday afternoon. The Otago crew won the boat race easily. They outpaced the local men from the start, and came in five lengths ahead. The betMng was also against them—and the result was a complete surprise. It is attributed to the difference in the style of rowing and the long sliding seats used by the Otago men. The Bicycle Club races come off tomorrow. There are three events, all handicaps, one mile, four miles, and ten miles. Cntten, the Otago competitor, is at scratch in the first and last, for which alone he has entered. There are eight entries in the ten mile. Timaru, Feb. 27. Duncan Cruikshank was yesterday committed for trial at Waimate for fraudulent bankruptcy, making the third case of the kind for hearing at tli 3 District Court at Timaru on Monday. There are thirteen other criminal cases on the list, including nine riot cases. Very few transactions have yet taken place in new grain, deliveries being very light. Merchants’ prices are 3s. 3d. to 3s. Cd. for wheat, Is. 3d. for oats, and 3s. to 3s. 3d. for barley, bat farmers are disinclined to accept these at present. The weather is still very changeable. Oamaru, Feb. 27. A man named James Dcering committed suicide to-day by drowning himself in the Creek as Ngapara. Ho had lately come out of a lunatic asylum, and the act was in consequence of an unsound mind and No inquest will be held. Dunedin, Feb. 27. A quartz reef, carrying silver in considerable quantities, has been discovered on the main Cadrona range. Samples of ore will be sent to Dunedin for assay. The Native Land Purchase Commission sat again at Waikouaiti to-day, and adjourned till to-morrow. Ann Ward, a servant at Fidler’s Auld Scotland Hotel, where she had been only for a week, gave birth to a child on Wednesday, which was asterwards found dead in a water closet. The girl was taken to the hospital. Ihe body of the child was removed to the morgue, where it awaits the usual inquest. His Excellency the Governor has not received any information concerning probability of war between England and llussia referred to in Reuter’s Sydney message to-day. Robert Irving was killed and Hugh M'Cann seriously injured at Blue Spur. They were larking together as the trucks came up the incline, and got caught by a rope, being dragged round by the winding gear. In Abraham’s sweep the first money goes to Telford, Alexandra ; the second to Morkane, Port Chalmers ; the third to Paterson, Octagon Hotel. In Dodson’s sweep the first goes to Yallance, the second to three work girls in a local factory, the third to Timaru. In the 1 ress consultation, H. Lyon gets first, Grant and Co., of the steamer Wellington, second, and the third goes to a resident of Napier. In Cameron’s consultation, the first prize, LIOOO, goes to Clutha ; the second to G. Spooner, Dunedin ; the third to Captain A. Palmer. The Chinese arrested at Cromwell, charged with selling spurious gold, was discharged, the police failing to prove the ale by him. Balclutiia, Fob. 27. At a meeting of the Clutha Council today, John Watson’s tender to erect the Balclutiia bridge, L 10,953, was accepted, Council giving back security for indent of iron from England. 4,
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